The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is working to identify a man who allegedly stole a pricey ring from a Clark County antique mall on Tuesday.
Detective Brian Melchi said employees from Heart of Ohio Antique Center on U.S. 40 called to report a man who took a ring out of a display case while an employee had it open and then left the mall.
Employees were able to catch a good look at the vehicle he left in and its license plate. They passed the information onto deputies, who stopped the car on I-70 west near I-675.
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The man, who was the passenger of the vehicle, and a woman who was driving were both taken to the sherrif’s office for questioning. The woman was later released.
Heart of Ohio is located right next to the highway, so Melchi said it would’ve been easy for the suspected thief to make a clean get-away if employees weren’t on their toes.
“Luckily these places have really improved their surveillance cameras and their knowledge of watching for people,” Melchi said.
Melchi said during the stop, deputies found the ring holder and price tag. According to court documents, the man hid the ring in his pants until it fell out in the sheriff’s office interview room.
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The man was charged with felony theft because the value of the ring was around $3,000. But Melchi said he was also charged with falsification because he provided deputies with several fake names and birth dates.
The man was arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. He told the judge his name was ‘Tyrone Ford,’ but Melchi said that was the same name he gave deputies during an earlier interview with investigators, and that turned out to be bogus.
“We’re conducting every check we can with fingerprints and other means to try to identify this guy,” Melchi said.
For the time being, the man is being charged as ‘John Doe.’ He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and his bond was set at $5,000.